History Film / VanishingPoint

24th Sep '17 2:12:20 PM marcoasalazarm
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* AntiVillain: Kowalski, Type II.

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* AntiVillain: In the original film Kowalski, Type II.



* RightWingMilitiaFanatic: "The Voice" in the remake. Part of the misunderstanding that escalates Kowalski's manhunt is that his personal history (disenfranchised war vet) ''think'' Kowalski is one of these.

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* RightWingMilitiaFanatic: "The Voice" in the remake. Part of the misunderstanding that escalates Kowalski's manhunt is that his personal history (disenfranchised war vet) makes them ''think'' Kowalski is one of these.
24th Sep '17 2:09:57 PM marcoasalazarm
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* AdaptationalVillainy: The cops, on the remake. A few of the cops that are after him escalate quickly from doing it because it's their job to a full-on vendetta, and the feds that are brought in quickly theorize that he's a RightWingMilitiaFanatic and refuse to hear a word saying otherwise.
24th Sep '17 2:06:05 PM marcoasalazarm
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* AdaptationalHeroism: Kowalski on the remake has a more sympathetic reason to be racing with the Challenger throughout the country (aside from just wanting to do it on the original): His wife is about to deliver their baby and is in a ''very'' bad state, so he's racing to the hospital where she is, and a chain of misunderstandings means [[TheLopsidedArmOfTheLaw the cops are out for his blood.]]



* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Kowalski doesn't make it through the roadblock. He crashes and he dies. However, in doing so, he evades capture, and is put out of the internal torment he is in.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Kowalski doesn't make it through the roadblock. He crashes and he dies. However, in doing so, he evades capture, and is put out of the internal torment he is in.in, to not mention he becomes a folk hero.]]



* DeathByChildbirth: [[spoiler:Kowalki's wife on the Remake, shortly before he encounters the final roadblock (and as a matter of fact, him fearing that this is what will happen to her is the reason he's racing through the country). One of the theories The Voice tosses out at the epilogue why they NeverFoundTheBody was that Kowalski managed to get out of the car, disappear in the confusion, and is raising his child with an assumed identity.]]



* [[spoiler:TheHeroDies: Though it is left open as to whether or not Kowalski dies in the explosion.]]

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* [[spoiler:TheHeroDies: Though TheHeroDies: [[spoiler:Though it is left open as to whether or not Kowalski actually dies in the explosion.]]



* RightWingMilitiaFanatic: "The Voice" in the remake.

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* NeverFoundTheBody: In the remake, the police checks the crashed Challenger and this happens. The police (in an attempt to kill Kowalski's status as a folk hero) say [[NotEnoughToBury that the explosion probably immolated him completely]]. The Voice tosses the theory that Kowalski may have gotten out of the car before it crashed, and is now living elsewhere with a false identity with his kid. Nevertheless, the movie never truly says who's right.
* RightWingMilitiaFanatic: "The Voice" in the remake. Part of the misunderstanding that escalates Kowalski's manhunt is that his personal history (disenfranchised war vet) ''think'' Kowalski is one of these.
6th Jul '16 8:40:22 AM marcoasalazarm
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* CoolCar: The Dodge Challenger. The final scene has it [[ObviousStuntDouble somehow turn into a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro.]]

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* CoolCar: The Dodge Challenger. The final scene has it [[ObviousStuntDouble somehow turn into a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro.]]]] The Remake gives one of the cops a Dodge Charger to show him as TheRival.
26th May '16 4:27:34 PM Mdumas43073
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16th Jan '16 12:19:12 AM Anddrix
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* EveryCarIsAPinto: The Camaro at the end, [[ViewersAreMorons standing in for the Challenger]], was loaded with dynamite to explode when [[spoiler:it crashes into the police barricade.]]

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* EveryCarIsAPinto: The Camaro at the end, [[ViewersAreMorons standing in for the Challenger]], Challenger, was loaded with dynamite to explode when [[spoiler:it crashes into the police barricade.]]
17th Dec '15 8:08:14 PM qwrrty
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* GreekChorus: Super Soul.
7th Dec '15 9:16:09 AM JamesAustin
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[[caption-width-right:331:That should read "The ultimate [[TheBluesBrothers car chase movie]] without Creator/JohnBelushi", but we'll let it slide.]]

Arguably the TropeMaker / UrExample of the car chase movie, or in any case the TropeCodifier.

In a post-Woodstock [[TheSeventies '70s]] US, Kowalski (Barry Newman) is a car delivery man with a mysterious past, now working for Argo's Car Delivery Service in Denver, Colorado. The film opens on Sunday, 10:02 am, with him driving a white 1970 Dodge Challenger into a roadblock with the police in hot pursuit; just before he hits it, however, the film flashes back to two days earlier. Kowalski has been assigned to deliver the Challenger to UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco; he makes a bet with his dealer Jake (Lee Weaver) that he can get there in just fifteen hours. Setting off, Kowalski ends up running afoul of the police when he runs a motorcycle cop off the road. A blind African-American DJ at KOW known as Super Soul (Cleavon Little) listens to the police radio frequency and encourages Kowalski to evade the police. By doing so, he is turned into an overnight folk hero; revered by the counterculture scene across the west.

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[[caption-width-right:331:That should read "The ultimate [[TheBluesBrothers car chase movie]] without Creator/JohnBelushi", but we'll let it slide.]]


''Vanishing Point'' is a 1971 American action road movie directed by Richard C. Sarafian and starring Barry Newman and Cleavon Little.
Arguably the TropeMaker / UrExample TropeMaker[=/=]UrExample of the car chase movie, or in any case the TropeCodifier.

In a post-Woodstock [[TheSeventies '70s]] US, Kowalski (Barry Newman) (Newman) is a car delivery man with a mysterious past, now working for Argo's Car Delivery Service in Denver, Colorado. The film opens on Sunday, 10:02 am, with him driving a white 1970 Dodge Challenger into a roadblock with the police in hot pursuit; just before he hits it, however, the film flashes back to two days earlier. Kowalski has been assigned to deliver the Challenger to UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco; he makes a bet with his dealer Jake (Lee Weaver) that he can get there in just fifteen hours. Setting off, Kowalski ends up running afoul of the police when he runs a motorcycle cop off the road. A blind African-American DJ at KOW known as Super Soul (Cleavon Little) (Little) listens to the police radio frequency and encourages Kowalski to evade the police. By doing so, he is turned into an overnight folk hero; revered by the counterculture scene across the west.



Was [[TheRemake remade]] in 1997 as a MadeForTVMovie starring Creator/ViggoMortensen, [[BeverlyHills90210 Jason Priestley]] and KeithDavid. Many of the characters are heavily changed; in the remake, Kowalski (who now has a first name, Jimmy) is a UsefulNotes/GulfWar vet trying to get to his pregnant wife in Idaho, while the DJ is now a right-wing shock jock named "The Voice" who views Kowalski's race home against the police as a battle against government oppression.

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Was [[TheRemake remade]] in 1997 as a MadeForTVMovie starring Creator/ViggoMortensen, [[BeverlyHills90210 Jason Priestley]] Creator/JasonPriestley and KeithDavid.Creator/KeithDavid. Many of the characters are heavily changed; in the remake, Kowalski (who now has a first name, Jimmy) is a UsefulNotes/GulfWar vet trying to get to his pregnant wife in Idaho, while the DJ is now a right-wing shock jock named "The Voice" who views Kowalski's race home against the police as a battle against government oppression.
26th Nov '15 8:23:28 PM nombretomado
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In a post-Woodstock [[TheSeventies '70s]] US, Kowalski (Barry Newman) is a car delivery man with a mysterious past, now working for Argo's Car Delivery Service in Denver, Colorado. The film opens on Sunday, 10:02 am, with him driving a white 1970 Dodge Challenger into a roadblock with the police in hot pursuit; just before he hits it, however, the film flashes back to two days earlier. Kowalski has been assigned to deliver the Challenger to SanFrancisco; he makes a bet with his dealer Jake (Lee Weaver) that he can get there in just fifteen hours. Setting off, Kowalski ends up running afoul of the police when he runs a motorcycle cop off the road. A blind African-American DJ at KOW known as Super Soul (Cleavon Little) listens to the police radio frequency and encourages Kowalski to evade the police. By doing so, he is turned into an overnight folk hero; revered by the counterculture scene across the west.

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In a post-Woodstock [[TheSeventies '70s]] US, Kowalski (Barry Newman) is a car delivery man with a mysterious past, now working for Argo's Car Delivery Service in Denver, Colorado. The film opens on Sunday, 10:02 am, with him driving a white 1970 Dodge Challenger into a roadblock with the police in hot pursuit; just before he hits it, however, the film flashes back to two days earlier. Kowalski has been assigned to deliver the Challenger to SanFrancisco; UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco; he makes a bet with his dealer Jake (Lee Weaver) that he can get there in just fifteen hours. Setting off, Kowalski ends up running afoul of the police when he runs a motorcycle cop off the road. A blind African-American DJ at KOW known as Super Soul (Cleavon Little) listens to the police radio frequency and encourages Kowalski to evade the police. By doing so, he is turned into an overnight folk hero; revered by the counterculture scene across the west.
22nd Sep '15 10:20:27 AM CaptainCrawdad
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Does Kowalski evade the police and make it through the roadblock? Does he make it to San Francisco? We won't spoil that...

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Does Kowalski evade the police and make it through the roadblock? Does he make it to San Francisco? We won't spoil that...
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